Tennessee Titans captain Delanie Walker did not discredit NFL players who have chosen to take a knee in protest during the national anthem but said there will be no player on his team that will join.
“I think the national anthem in my thought is for the fallen soldiers, so I just want to represent them the right way,” Walker told The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio Thursday. “I really can’t speak on them, they have a certain cause and purpose on why they’re doing that, but in this locker room, you won’t see that happening.”
The decision to not join the protest, Walker says, was made as a team. “Mike Mularkey is really big into the military, his family serves in the military, so yeah, we talked about it. That’s something that everyone in this locker room agreed that we won’t take a knee, because we want to honor the fallen troops that serve this country.”
As for last season’s six-win improvement, Walker says they’ve turned the page on that and are focusing on the now.
“The vibe in the camp is we got to forget about what we did last year. We want to be a better team,” Walker said. “We didn’t make the playoffs last year. We made a few mistakes, and we want to cut out those mistakes. Play execution football, do what we do best and that’s run the football. We got to get better in the passing game and then our defense. They’re coming along, they’re going to be great again, there’s a few things they want to work on that they’re getting done. And then in general, we just got to come together, play physical football, and win games in the fourth quarter.”
You could tell that the two-time Pro Bowler loves the potential of the offense with new faces joining a productive crew already.
“I’m excited, very excited,” Walker said. “We got Corey Davis, Eric Decker, Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe. I can keep going. I think we got those weapons outside that when the ball gets in their hands they can make plays.
“People are saying that my numbers are going to go down, but I think having guys on the outside and teams are going to have to focus on them giving me the one-on-one matchup. And then we have DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Marcus Mariota coming back. It sounds exciting, but we have got to put all that stuff together if we want to be a good team.”